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The Body – A guide for occupants [Download] ➽ The Body – A guide for occupants By Bill Bryson – In the bestselling prize winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions In the – A PDF/EPUB ¼ bestselling prize winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the The Body PDF or seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of Body – A MOBI ☆ people around the globeNow he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body how it Body – A guide for MOBI :↠ functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make upA wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything this book will have you marvelling at the form you occupy and celebrating the genius Body – A guide for MOBI :↠ of your existence time and time again.

  • Hardcover
  • 450 pages
  • The Body – A guide for occupants
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 14 September 2016
  • 9780385539302

About the Author: Bill Bryson

William McGuire – A PDF/EPUB ¼ Bill Bryson OBE FRS was born in Des Moines Iowa in He The Body PDF or settled in England in and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer Body – A MOBI ☆ He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He Body – A guide for MOBI :↠ and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years but they have now returned to live in the UKIn The Lost Continent Bil.

10 thoughts on “The Body – A guide for occupants

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    I went into this book with the attitude of of course Bill Bryson can make anything interesting but I was still a little unsure if this was the right book for me There are definitely interesting aspects of the body but I'm of a fun fact here uirky tidbit there kinda person I wasn't sure I wanted to read a whole book full of words I can't pronounce But no Bill Bryson really can make anything interestingHis usual charismatic undemanding style is all over this book He begins with the head and takes us all the way through the physiology of the human body The organs systems various proteins and bacterium that I will never remember the name of What really makes this interesting is that he links each part of the body in with the history of medicine and diseases relating to that part He pulls out little anecdotes that shocked me infuriated me and often made me laugh Bryson knows he isn't writing a book for medical professionals here There's a certain amount of depth in some chapters but it feels like a lot is probably skimmed over so us laymen can wrap our heads around the information And frankly it wouldn't be nearly as readable if that wasn't the caseMy one big takeaway from The Body is that we know almost nothing about the body We know so much than we did a hundred years ago and yet we still know almost nothing I swear that about ten times in every chapter there's a comment like these cells do this but nobody knows why or women are 10x likely to get this disease than men but why is anybody's guess I mean we spend a third of our lives asleep and no one even knows why we do thatI like how Bryson looks at health and disease across the world and not just in the United States and Europe Though the US comes out of this looking even worse than I would have anticipated Despite spending on healthcare per person than any other country US citizens die younger and have higher rates of chronic disease depression drug abuse homicide and HIV than almost all if not all developed nations There are a number of theories why though no one knows for sureIf you like Bryson's previous books you should like this one It's pop science and fun than it is ground breaking but as long as you're not planning to use it as your handbook for experimental surgery then I see nothing wrong with thatFacebook | Instagram

  2. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    This was actually really good Highly recommend it if the topic interested you the audiobook was also great

  3. Theresa Alan Theresa Alan says:

    I learned so much from this book One of the things I learned was that continuing to learn and keeping my brain active will help me avoid dementia so you should read this book too I highlighted many many pages so I’ll just offer a few highlights here The most interesting thing was reading about our skin the tiny tiny layer that we makes us white or black or brown Bryson watched a surgeon incise and peel back a sliver of skin a millimeter thick from the arm of cadaver It was so thin it was translucent That’s what race is Which is why it’s so ridiculous that such a small facet of our composition should be given so much importance when it’s merely a reaction to sunlight “Biologically there is no such thing as race—nothing in terms of skin color facial features hair type bone structure or anything else that is a defining uality among peoples”Skin gets its color from a variety of pigments the best known is a molecule we know as melanin It’s also responsible for the color of birds’ feathers and gives fish the texture and luminescence of the their scales Our skin evolved based on our geography A lot of myths I grew up with are not true Like the fact we only use ten percent of our brain false I was taught as a kid that different parts of the tongue were attuned to different tastes like salty sweet sour Nope Also like the movie the Matrix apparently when I eat a brownie straight from the oven it doesn’t actually taste good my brain just reads these scentless flavorless molecules and makes me think they’re pleasurable In one of the studies he talks about a man was given an injection of a harmless liuid to mimic snot It couldn’t be seen by the naked eye but under those blue lights detectives use The test subject went into a room with other folks and when they turned the overhead lights off and the blue lights on every single person doorknob and bowl of nuts had the pretend snot on it which is how the common cold passes from person to person so easily—through touch apparently not by making out with someone although presumably at some point you might touch that person Antibiotics• Almost 34ths of prescriptions written each year are for conditions that can’t be cured with antibiotics like bronchitis • 80 percent of antibiotics are fed to farm animals to fatten them up which meat eaters then consume which is one of the reasons antibiotics aren’t as effective as they used to be• Fruit growers use antibiotics to combat bacterial infections in their crops sometimes even of produce marked “organic” Which means we humans are unwittingly eating antibiotics rendering them ineffective when we need them for a real diseaseinfectionThere’s a lot interesting stuff in here Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book which RELEASES OCTOBER 15 2019

  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    The definition of a “well” person?Someone who hasn’t been examined yetloosely uoted from the bookThis book is two things Really interesting trivia about the human body TerrifyingI love trivia and this book had tons of it This was not a deeply scientific analysis of the human body It is just snippets and brief anecdotes from various regions of the body as Bryson takes you on a journey through our innerspace If you are not into big fancy words and meandering analysis then you need not worry There may be a time or two that he throws some deeper tidbits in but it always moves on uickly A good balance to keep both a med student and the layman interested just guessing on the med student side as I am most certainly the laymanSo – yay triviaHowever I will have to say often than not the book journeys off in the direction of what can go wrong with the body This is not surprising as a lot can go wrong with the body However it is not a book to read while eating if you have hypochondria if you have germ phobia if the word “parasite” gives you heebie jeebies etc While it may all be true perhaps somethings are better off left unknownWith these two things in mind proceed at your own risk If you love trivia and don’t mind dumbed down science this should be perfect for you If you are a doctor it may be too simple of an explanation to satisfy – or maybe not??? If you are easily ueasy when it comes to blood vomit and other bodily fluids and functions I would suggest passing on this oneBut when all is said and done another decent book from Bryson

  5. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    To know that one does not know how not just even a tiny part of the body works is the first step to getting interested in exploring each fascinating inner landscape From up to down inside to outside young to old organ to nerve and so on goes the journey trough our miraculous wonder of nature whose amazing eyes are just sending this information to the brain of the readerMany myths about the body are shown and design flaws described but after billion years of evolution that´s no wonder We deliberately build in design flaws in everything we create and call it planned obsolescence and what is an appendix or other useless extra bonus parts compared to thatWe really don´t understand anything in detail as shown in many great examples and the cool thing is that we once again stand in front of an ocean of lack of knowledge with that stereotypical hand full of sand and much that we believe to know about our body today might turn out to be completely different or even wrong Especially because of the tininess we still have to explore and to discover areas of nano and uanta Take physics we don´t know anything so what could this say about a system as complex as the human body in a world we hardly understand? Photosynthesis in plants seems to do it´s work with something creepy that just can be explained with some kind of not understood uanta phenomena teleportation stuff and in some rare cases we are complex than vegetablesThe most interesting implication of hidden dept comes for the mind brain conscience and ego When over 1 billion copies of this book could be stored in an area of the cerebral cortex the size of a grain of sand there is pretty much space for unknown programs running in the background possibly with programming and instructions from wherever and whomeverBecause we don´t understand we should treat the body as good as possible with a diet of things and thoughts of which we know that they are not harmfulLike all of Bryson´s books it an entertaining and great read integrating history medical science and vivid examples that stay in mind and easily find a way to a long term memory whose functioning we don´t understand to associate it with a brain we know nothing about and a mind that well you get the meaningIt´s better and informative than biology education and in my imagination I see books like this in a close future with much data pictures animations links of different grade of difficulty for each kind of reader VR AR and the integration of the reading audience probably with a kinda collective reading live streams while using different kinds of technologies or just old school reading A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books show how literature is conceived and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue

  6. Jenna Jenna says:

    How to make a human body Blend together the right amount of each of 59 elements at a cost of US15157846 according to the Royal Society of Chemistry  OrIf you don't have that kind of money lying about you can also do it the old fashioned way that involves heterosexual sex I'm not here to judge your methods; make a human whichever way you please  What I am here to do is tell you that Bill Bryson has done it again  He has written yet another brilliant and vastly interesting book this time about the human body Whether you want to know about bones or skin or digestion muscles or brains or bacteria you'll find it in this book  I don't even know where to begin in telling you about the contents  Whilst some things I already knew and thus this was a refresher there were even that I didn't know and thus made my brain very happy  There are just so many interesting facts wrapped up in this book  A random few from my highlights•You have a meter of DNA packed into every cell and so many cells that if you formed all the DNA in your body into a single strand it would stretch ten billion miles to beyond Pluto•We shed over a million flakes of skin every hour leaving behind about a pound of dust every year  Easy way to rid yourself of a pound but for some reason I've never seen it in a diet book•If you could ice skate on cartilage you would go 16 times as fast as on ice due to the smoothness of cartilage•In the second or so since you started this sentence your body has made a million red blood cells and used a dozen muscles just to read these words•The length of all your blood vessels would take you two and a half times around Earth•Every gram of feces you produce contains 40 billion bacteria and 100 million archaea  Now that's something you can impress your co workers with at your Christmas party•The the death rate for infectious diseases has been climbing and is back to the level of about forty years ago  This is due to bacteria evolving resistance to our antibiotics partly because of the copious amounts of antibiotics that are fed to livestock a good reason to cut out meat and dairy and the over prescription of antibiotics especially for illnesses that are not helped by them please stop asking your doctor for antibiotics for coldsThe award for my favourite tidbit of information in this book goes to•All of your skin colour is in a sliver of skin about a millimeter thick  Did you get that??  ALL of the pigment in your skin is in a sliver so thin that you can see through it  That’s all that race is—a sliver of epidermis  For this we have enslaved millions of people killed hated treated unfairly imprisoned  For a translucent sliver of skin   Stupid reason if you ask me especially when you consider that if you go back far enough every single person on earth has ancestors who came from Africa  We ALL had black ancestors  We ALL came from Africa  The original skin colour of homo sapiens was dark so stop already  Stop hating on people over a sliver of skin  If you have white skin it's due to a gene mutation a freak gene that happened to get passed on because our ancestors needed Vitamin D after they left Africa  Not because you are somehow superior to people who have melanin than you  Got that?Those are just a few of the many things I highlighted in this book it's best to have a Kindle copy if you don't like marking up paper pages  If you enjoy learning new things if you like to know what makes you you or if you have an extra 15157846 on hand and want to know the ingredients reuired to create a human body this is the book for you

  7. Trevor Trevor says:

    I like Bryson his books are often amusing and informative He has a good eye for details that will keep the reader engaged or outraged or just smile This is a tour of the human body but it includes stories and asides about people associated with the discovery of various diseases or a cure or a system in the body Some books on this topic can get a bit carried away with long names for parts that involve endless Latin or Greek A nice thing he does here when he does give these is to say what the words mean in English often interesting enough in itself and to say why the person naming it that might have thought that was a good ideaI didn't realise that the X chromosome was called that because the person who discovered it didn’t know what it did – and so like ‘planet X’ the letter was chosen due to this mystery rather than for the chromosome’s shape And the Y chromosome was likewise named following on from X in the alphabetYou come away from this thinking that a lot of people are basically bastards I won’t spoil the stories but the person who took credit for Streptomycin fits this category particularly nicely This is a uick read and an interesting one Particularly good is the last chapter – you know we are all going to die sooner or later and so death often sharpens our interest I’ve become fascinated by the idea that no one is allowed to die of ‘old age’ any You have to have died of something but as Bryson says getting old generally involves multiple things going wrong with you – and so picking one generally ignores the significant contribution one or other of the things you were suffering from inevitably played in your demise Perhaps saying ‘he died of old age’ as the cause of death would be in fact be accurate Some of the things people were allowed to die of in the past seem so much better than heart disease or cancer like ennui for example I think he died mostly of listlessness As I said recently to a friend of Facebook – the category of deaths I would choose for myself would be ‘peacefully and in his sleep’

  8. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    I read this off and on for over a week I think reading it straight through would not have left me time to ponder the information and possibly would have been a case of too much at one time Our bodies many systems and other developments of which I knew little all in one book I actually own a copy because this is another that I feel deserves than read Or at least to have as a reference There is a huge amount of research that went into this book Bryson is good and picking out information and identifying unsung unknown heroes As informative and as I found it it seems Bryson has traded his trademark sit for some gross examples Thankfully I have never encountered these relatively rare conditions Shuddered at all the diseases viruses we don't get there were uite a few Our body is uite a compact and intricate mechanism It's a wonder that things don't go wrongI still have two unread by this author that I'm saving for a book drought along with books from a few other favored author This is an author loved by many and he explains our bodies in an easy to understand fashion Though I did miss the humor of which there was some but not as many instances as in previous books Definitely worth reading regardless

  9. Betsy Betsy says:

    Be a bar trivia championWant to dominate any biology uestions at bar trivia? The Body A Guide for Occupants has you covered For those of us who haven't had a biology class since we fulfilled some course reuirement ages ago Bryson gives an excellent overview of what doctors and scientists know about all our different body parts and bodily functions This book does for biology what books like Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong or A People's History of the United States have done for history; it updates and corrects some common misconceptions that may have been passed on to us at one stage or anotherBryson's dry wit will come across even clearly when this is eventually made into an audiobook While reading I imagined Alton Brown reading the text in the same manner he talks to the audience in Good Eats Bill Nye would be a great narrator too It's clear that The Body is aimed at a general audience Readers who specialize in the biological sciences might want detail than this book provides One caveat particularly for Goodreads reviewers than our fair share of us have had frustrating or scary adventures through the medical system Since Bryson spends a surprising amount of time discussing the things doctors don't know this aspect of the text could be unsettling Four stars for the print version and if the audiobook is available when you're making your purchasing decision I would definitely give this a listen Thanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for my DRC of this book which will be available for purchase on October 15th

  10. Dr Appu Sasidharan Dr Appu Sasidharan says:

    If you are in uarantine due to Covid 19 and if you want to read just one book this is the one you should pick Chapter 20 When things go wrong in this book is a must read one as it is perfectly explaining the current scenario we are facing This book will help us to know about our body which might enable us to appreciate it's uniueness even when it's challenged to the extreme by viruses and other microbes I read this book amid all the pandemonium I had to face as a Doctor and importantly as a human being I am going to copy and write the last paragraph of chapter 20 page 335 due to its current relevance ”The fact is we are really no better prepared for a bad outbreak today than we were when Spanish flu killed tens of millions of people a hundred years ago The reason we haven’t had another experience like that isn’t because we have been especially vigilant It’s because we have been lucky” Well it seems that we can’t write that sentence againPS Please don’t go to a bookstore to purchase this or any other book if the shops are still open in your country Instead either order it from any online store or buy the ebook or the audiobook Stay inside your house and Stay safe Let's break the chain

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